THOMAS TUCHEL proves once again to be a world class tactical manager
Spurs versus Chelsea is always going to throw up some drama and create a story, but on this particular occasion, it was a story of two halves and a world class tactical manager making the difference to win 3-0.
Nuno Santo would have felt very pleased with himself for throwing in some surprise tactics against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the first 45 minutes of this game by matching Chelsea’s back three up with three attackers almost man-marking them, which caused real problems for Chelsea trying to play out from the back and control the game.
Chelsea looked under immense pressure in the first 30 minutes of the match purely because of this; they could not get a hold of the game or a grip on possession and they looked like they could easily concede a goal or two to this Spurs side.
Chelsea’s attackers were poor as well and didn’t look to create anything or make any chances for themselves on the rare occasions they did manage to play out and counter attack Spurs.
It wasn’t the best game at all for Mason Mount or Kai Havertz, and this is when the big tactical game-changing decision came in to play, and this was a decision that once again marks Thomas Tuchel as a world class tactical football manager, one of the best in the game right now.
The German coach hooked Mount off at half time and bought on the ever reliable N’Golo Kante, which by the way is an unreal player to be able to bring off the bench in the first instance.
But it wasn’t just about the player, and Kante WAS fantastic, it was all about having the genius to switch the formation from a 3-4-3 to a 2-5-2, putting an extra man in midfield to help Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, who were both having very poor halves as well, controlling the game and getting a hold of it.
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Taking away one of the attackers to put that extra man in the middle of the park, where Chelsea were leaving very wide open spaces, was a great call and it literally turned this game on it’s head.
Chelsea went from struggling and possibly being lucky to still be in the game in the first half, to completely bossing the whole of the second half, scoring three goals and comfortably walking away with all three points from The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Nuno was so close to getting an edge on Tuchel, but the genius tactician of Tuchel once again out-foxed his opponent!
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